MYRTLE BEACH — Farmers in Horry and Georgetown counties will be eligible for low-interest loans as a result of the agriculture disaster the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared because of damage that resulted from heavy rains that began in March.
The disaster designates 36 S.C. counties in the primary disaster area and the remaining 10 as contiguous disaster counties. Horry and Georgetown are in those in the primary disaster area.
Jacob Stokes, agronomy extension agent for Georgetown, Hemingway and Florence counties, said the overabundance of rain caused numerous problems including preventing farmers from getting into their fields to harvest and plant crops.
Additionally, he said, the rain brought an unusual number of diseases and pests that damaged crops as well.
The disaster, which was declared Friday, means that farmers will have eight months to apply for federal loans to allow them to continue farming.
Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.